COASTAL PACIFIC TRAIN
Riding on this train was like a scene out of a bollywood movie for me.The entire journey was very surreal and the views, breathtaking.The train is very neat, clean,comfortable ,with huge windows and they have their own pantry and wait for it ,the best part is their viewing deck.You cannot stop yourself from going out there a couple of times to gaze at the view.It is pretty windy out there but totally worth the view.From the viewing deck you can spot the eels which is actually tough as they get camouflaged between the rocks.
Christchurch is a city in transition , after NZ’s second worst natural disaster Christchurch was hollowed out.But looking at the city now you wont believe the pace at which it is picking up , it is the city to be for young entrepreneur’s ,civil engineer’s ,architects.It is opening the road for a lot of new and creative opportunities.The city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture.
PLACE OF ACCOMMODATION-HOTEL RYDGES
The best part about this hotel was its location.It is walking distance from the downtown or most of the touristic places.Just a couple of minutes away from the cardboard cathedral,it is actually just around the corner.They have really good breakfast buffet.
MUST SEE PLACES
RE: START MALL-SHIPPING CONTAINER MALL-
This place tops my list.Being an architect , I just loved this place.It was so creative and out of the box, nothing like I had seen before.The Re:START container mall was born from the need to breathe new life into the Christchurch central city, following the devastating earthquake on 22 February, 2011.They have a open food court,people can enjoy the weather and also the music, they do tend to have live bands and jamming sessions.Also do try the momos at this place, it was delicious.
CHRISTCHURCH GONDOLA RIDE
Take a ride to the top of Mt Cavendish (500m) on this 945m cable car for wonderful views over the city, Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula and the Canterbury Plains. At the top there’s a cafe, you can chill at the cafe , sip a coffee and soak in the view because you definitely need sometime to grasp in these amazing views and silhouettes.
Hop onto the tram and get a guided tour of the city ,its landmarks and local sights..It is a heritage Trams and one of Christchurch’s leading attractions.Your day-long ticket allows you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please! The drivers were all lovely, friendly, chatty and helpful. A great way to get around town.
PUNTING ON THE AVON-
This is an iconic Christchurch activity ,not to be missed. You can admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanical Gardens and the changing face of the city centre as you ride gently along the tranquil Avon River.We were lucky to have beautiful weather.
Known as the Cardboard Cathedral due to the 98 cardboard tubes used in its construction, this interesting structure serves as both the city’s temporary Anglican cathedral and as a concert venue. Designed by Japanese ‘disaster architect’ Shigeru Ban, the entire building was up in 11 months.
The February 2011 earthquake brought down most of this magnificent church and other surrounding heritage buildings.The much-loved Gothic ChristChurch Cathedral lies at the centre of a battle between those who seek to preserve what remains of Christchurch’s heritage, and those who want to build something new.Its really disheartening to see a structure of such grandeur in ruins and to think of the what the city might have suffered at that point.
Nevertheless,despite what the city has suffered in the past, Christchurch is a city of hope and bustling with so much energy that you would be inclined to shift base here.There is so much creativity and so many new things brewing here , that apparently every time someone visits this city ,it looks different.
credits for picture of the cardboard cathedral-http://materia.nl/article/cardboard-cathedral/